Citizens for a Better Arizona headed by their Co-founder & former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Randy Parraz met in Tucson today to report on the Recall State Senator Russell Pearce campaign. About 1500 more signatures from LD 18 Mesa voters are needed by the May 31 deadline.
Parraz spoke before a group of about 40 Southern Arizonans about how he started up the campaign in February. He said that this would be “historic times” if the recall does occur. About $25,000 have been raised to assist their campaign to date.
The meeting was held at the home of Mohur Sidhwa, former candidate for LD 28 House. In attendance were LD 28 State Senator Paula Aboud, LD 29 House Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales, former Assistant Attorney General Vince Rabago, former LD 25 House Rep. Pat Fleming, and Jim Marsh (election integrity advocate for the Libertarian Party). A previous fundraising meeting was held by LD 29 State Senator Linda Lopez in Tucson.
Here’s info from the Citizens for a Better Arizona website of this recall petition process:
•DAYS 1-120: Gather Petition Signatures of District 18, Mesa Citizens, 25% of Votes Cast in Last Election = 7,756, plus safety margin. 2. Must be collected by any US citizen aged 18+ and eligible to vote in Arizona 3. Petition Forms must be up to code, notarized by circulator. 4. Submit Petitions to Secretary of State on Day 120 (May 31, 2011).
•DAYS 120 – 135 (June 22nd)
•Signature Validation: Within fifteen days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and other legal holidays, County recorder and Secretary of State shall determine validity of signatures.
•Russell Pearce has five days to resign excluding Saturdays, Sundays and other legal holidays.
•Governor must call a special recall election within fifteen days of filing.
RECALL ELECTION PROCESS: 1. Similar to any other election–The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (November 8th). 2. Recall ballot has list of candidates running against Russell Pearce. 3. Russell Pearce will be on the ballot for reelection.
Republican Russell Peace won the November, 2010 general election for State Senator by 17,552 votes, and 7,556 signatures are needed to recall him. Read my earlier blog on his election (click here). Pearce was elected State Senate President shortly after his November election. This is his 2nd term in AZ State Senate, having served before in the Arizona House of Representatives.
The campaign also lists the reasons for the recall:
Four Reasons to Recall and Remove Russell Pearce
1. Voted to terminate health care for seniors, struggling families and people with a disability.
2. Opposes the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
3. Voted to require American citizens show a Government ID for emergency care.
4. Opposes access to public education for all Arizona children.
If you want to help by making a donation or have time (Wed. or Sat.) to walk the petitions in Mesa, contact:
Citizens For A Better Arizona, www.recallpearce.com
P.O. Box 41232
Mesa, AZ, 85274-1232
Phone: (480) 748-8991